Last month saw the official launch of FilmStruck in the UK. A joint venture between Turner International’s Digital Ventures & Innovation Group and Warner Bros. Digital Networks, the subscription streaming service has teamed up with Curzon for its British platform, resulting in a site designed for the discerning film lover: on FilmStruck, you can find everything from Kiss Kiss, Bang Bang and American Psycho to Badlands, The Gold Rush and a curated set of titles from the Criterion Collection.
April brings FilmStruck Curzon’s first monthly round of new releases, and it’s an eggs-cellent line-up for Easter, kicking off with the cracking Cool Hand Luke and also unwrapping more modern treats, including Berberian Sound Studio, The Kid with a Bike and Ginger & Rosa. There are also some new themed seasons on the way, from cult hits and controversial gems to a slice of 70s cool.
Here’s what’s coming soon to FilmStruck UK in April:
Cool Hand Luke – 1st April
Paul Newman has rarely been more iconic than in Stuart Rosenberg’s egg-scellent prison drama.
A Late Quartet – 1st April
Philip Seymour Hoffman is on impeccable form in this moving ensemble piece about a chamber orchestra, played by four performers in perfect tune.
Berberian Sound Studio – 1st April
“I’ve never worked on a horror movie before,” mumbles Toby Jones’ timid sound engineer, who goes to Italy to produce effects for a 1970s horror film. In between the chopping of cabbages and squishing of carrots, the tiny Brit loses himself completely. This is a brilliant demonstration of how sound can warp our fragile little minds, and the best on-screen use of a vegetable since 2002’s Mrs Caldicot’s Cabbage War. Foley crap, it’s awesome.
The Kid with a Bike- 1st April
Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardennes’ drama about a young boy trying to cope without a father is a hearfelt and graceful tale. The brothers’ blend of naturalism plus a quietly talented young lead make for a simple 84 minutes that nonetheless leave a strong emotional impact. Part of the Criterion Collection
The Turin Horse – 1st April
A monumental windstorm and an abused horse’s refusal to work or eat signals the beginning of the end for a poor farmer and his daughter in Béla Tarr’s final feature film.
Ginger & Rosa – 1st April
Elle Fanning and Alice Englert deliver starmaking turns in Sally Potter’s coming-of-age drama. It’s 1962. Britain is in the middle of the Cuban Missile Crisis. And that fear mixes with a growing self-awareness that sends young Ginger (Fanning), whose best friend (Englert) becomes the object of her father’s affections, into a tailspin of swiftly fleeting innocence.
Code Unknown – 1st April
Michael Haneke’s bravura drama, composed of single-take vignettes, see a diverse array of characters become swept up in racial tensions and legal issues that stem from a single, careless act of littering. Part of the Criterion Collection
McCabe and Mrs Miller – 13th April
Warren Beatty and Julie Christie are magnetic in Robert Altman’s drama about a gambler and a prostitute, who become business partners in a remote Old West mining town. Their enterprise thrives until a large corporation arrives on the scene. Part of the Criterion Collection
Under the Volcano – 20th April
Under the Volcano follows the final day in the life of alcoholic British consul Geoffrey Firmin (Albert Finney) on the eve of WWII. He stumbles through a small Mexican village amidst the Day of the Dead, attempting to reconnect with his estranged wife but only further alienating himself. Part of the Criterion Collection
April sees FilmStruck unveil a new string of themed collections, each one combining new additions for the month with existing classics in its catalogue. Here’s the rundown of the new seasons you can find on FilmStruck this month, with new arrivals in italics.
Cult April Selection – 1st April
From sci-fi classics with sizeable followings to new, smaller titles with an appeal all their own, FilmStruck handpicks the best cult movies from the site’s catalogue.
Berberian Sound Studio
Hedwig And The Angry Inch
Requiem for a Dream
Affront to Public Decency! – 6th April
Films with content that shocked audiences, with some even provoking outrage from the censors and condemnation from the Catholic Legion of Decency.
And God Created Woman
The Cement Garden
Jules and Jim
Women of Twilight
Steve McQueen Double – 6th April
One of the coolest men in cinema, get a taste of just what made Steve McQueen such an iconic man’s man, keeping it cool from B-movie horror to violent crime thriller.
Hollywood Decades: The 70s – 13th April
Political paranoia. Dystopian sci-fi. Terrenace Malick’s directorial debut. Travel back to one of the most interesting decades in Hollywood history.
Alice Doesn’t Live Here Anymore
All The President’s Men
The Mackintosh Man
The Omega Man
THX 1138: The George Lucas Director’s Cut
Life Imitating Art: Real Life Couples – 13th April
Beatty/Christie – McCabe and Mrs Miller
Tracy / Hepburn – Woman of the Year, Adam’s Rib
Burton/Taylor – Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?
Bogart/Bacall – Key Largo, The Big Sleep
Modern Monochrome – 13th April
The Turin Horse
Good Night and Good Luck
American History X
Coffee and Cigarettes
Grace Kelly Double Feature – 20th April
Dial M For Murder
John Huston – 20th April
Under the Volcano
The Treasure of the Sierra Madre
The Mackintosh Man
FilmStruck UK costs £5.99 a month or £59.90 for a year, both of which are available with a 7-day free trial. For more information, visit www.filmstruck.com.
All new releases on FilmStruck UK in April 2018:
The Bonfire Of The Vanities
Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil
Blow-Up (Criterion Collection)
Adventures of Robin Hood (1938)
The Deep Blue Sea
The Unbelievable Truth
The Kiss of the Spider Woman
Code Unknown (Criterion Collection)
The Woman Next Door
Cool Hand Luke
A Late Quartet
Berberian Sound Studio
The Kid with a Bike (Criterion Collection)
The Turin Horse
L’avventura (Criterion Collection)
McCabe and Mrs Miller (Criterion Collection)
Under the Volcano (Criterion Collection)
Certified Copy (Criterion Collection)
Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry